Samuel Tenney was a physician, scholar, scientist, judge, politician, and statesman.
He attended Dummer Academy and graduated from Harvard College in 1772.
He was a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. He tended the wounded patriots following the Battle of Bunker Hill then for the next year served as Surgeon's Mate alongside Massachusetts troops. For the balance of the war he was a surgeon attached primarily to the 1st Rhode Island Regiment. He was present at the surrenders of Burgoyne and Cornwallis; encamped at Valley Forge, PA, during that fierce Winter 1777/78; was designated Acting Surgeon General of the Army upon general orders of General George Washington. 
Elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Gordon. Reelected to the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Congresses and served from December 8, 1800, to March 3, 1807. 
He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1791, and was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1815.
He married Tabitha Gilman (1762–1837).
He passed away in 1816. Burial: Winter Street Burial Ground.
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